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Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough

Mornings on Horseback (original 1981; edition 1982)

by David McCullough

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Title:Mornings on Horseback
Authors:David McCullough
Info:Peter Smith Pub Inc (1982), Library Binding
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Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough (1981)

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    The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin (rakerman)
    rakerman: The Bully Pulpit covers some biographical details of Theodore Roosevelt Jr.'s life but at a much quicker summary level than Mornings on Horseback. Mornings on Horseback starts off mostly about Theodore Roosevelt Sr., and its level of detail is sometimes excruciating. Each book provides a different perspective on the life and character of Theodore Roosevelt Jr.; they complement each other well.… (more)

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Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough covers the start of the Roosevelt family in United States with many unusual characters and the young Theodore Roosevelt. I was relieved that it was not going to attempt covering his whole life. His life is so interesting and there are so many letters and documents that I think it would have been an overwhelming project. I have already ready read Theodore Roosevelt's book on the Rough Riders (book handed down to me from my grandmother) and intend to slowly cover all parts of his life.

I listened to this book on CD and was a little confused by the first CD and part of the second CD, I think that part could have been shortened. But when the story got to Teddy Roosevelt father, I was quickly won over. His father was idealistic and believed in doing the right thing over winning in politics. Had he lived longer, he may have been our first president. He saw to it that his children were well traveled and loved his family with a vigor.

Young Theodore was plagued with asthma and the remedies of the times were horrifying, he also seemed awkward. Part of the latter could be that he was later found to be very nearsighted. When he got his first pair of glasses he was delighted and amazed about the world he had been missing. His father gave him a gun and that began his interest in shooting and stuffing them. I so wish that he had been given a camera instead! I learned that I shared a trait with Theodore! He was a persistent researcher. There are problems with that we have both identified! It is hard to know when to start.

I really enjoyed the parts about his adventures of being a rancher and it was so sad to learn about the tragedies of his life.

I highly recommend the audio version of Mornings on Horseback. There are loads of great stories and fact about Theodore Roosevelt and the story seems to get more addictive as it proceeded. ( )
  Carolee888 | May 3, 2017 |
really liked it ( )
  ShadowBarbara | Jan 27, 2017 |
Biography of a young Theodore Roosevelt ( )
  JackSweeney | Jan 10, 2017 |
Terrible. ( )
  LeonardGMokos | Nov 22, 2016 |
being an early book for McCullough, this is not as polished as some of his later works, but even so it is a masterpiece. Read it to learn about Theodore Roosevelt, the person, not Theodore Roosevelt, the historical figure. ( )
  davevanl | May 23, 2016 |
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Mornings on Horseback is the brilliant biography of the young Theodore Roosevelt. Hailed as "a masterpiece" (John A. Gable, Newsday), it is the winner of the Los Angeles Times 1981 Book Prize for Biography and the National Book Award for Biography. Written by David McCullough, the author of Truman, this is the story of a remarkable little boy, seriously handicapped by recurrent and almost fatal asthma attacks, and his struggle to manhood: an amazing metamorphosis seen in the context of the very uncommon household in which he was raised.

The father is the first Theodore Roosevelt, a figure of unbounded energy, enormously attractive and selfless, a god in the eyes of his small, frail namesake. The mother, Mittie Bulloch Roosevelt, is a Southerner and a celebrated beauty, but also considerably more, which the book makes clear as never before. There are sisters Anna and Corinne, brother Elliott (who becomes the father of Eleanor Roosevelt), and the lovely, tragic Alice Lee, TR's first love. All are brought to life to make "a beautifully told story, filled with fresh detail", wrote The New York Times Book Review.

A book to be read on many levels, it is at once an enthralling story, a brilliant social history and a work of important scholarship which does away with several old myths and breaks entirely new ground. It is a book about life intensely lived, about family love and loyalty, about grief and courage, about "blessed" mornings on horseback beneath the wide blue skies of the Badlands.

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This biography of young Theodore Roosevelt covers his youth when he demanded a strenuous life despite his asthma, weak eyes, and patrician family.

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